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Director, Transportation Program

CNT is seeking an innovative and committed leader to serve as director of CNT’s transportation program. The organization has a history of leadership in the transportation field and is recognized as a national innovator and effective advocate in the field of environmental justice and transportation equity. CNT has significant analytical strength, as shown in several recent products: the pioneering H+T Index, which demonstrates the hidden transportation costs in housing location decisions; the Right-Size Parking Calculator, which helps communities more realistically plan for parking needs; AllTransit, which compares transit access across the nation; equitable Transit Oriented Development (eTOD), which allows analysis of housing affordability near transit; and Cargo Oriented Development (COD), which demonstrates the use of freight transportation assets to leverage sustainable, industrial redevelopment. CNT also launched one of the nation’s first car-sharing companies, I-GO.
 
With the hire of a new transportation director, CNT intends to strengthen its work in the transportation field. Equity and environmental justice will remain a priority, and CNT will use its analytical strength, policy understanding, and experience in advocacy, community engagement, and development to ensure that transportation investments support equitable outcomes. In particular, CNT will dive deeper into the impact of disruptive transportation technologies on our cities, suburbs, and society in general; the organization will continue to advocate for diverse mobility options, with the most direct focus on public transit as well as freight and logistics. CNT also will continue to take a broad and multidisciplinary view of the transportation system, with attention to its impacts on energy use, climate sustainability and resilience, housing accessibility and cost, economic development, and similar considerations.
 
CNT is based in Chicago and does significant work in the Chicago metropolitan area and surrounding states, but also works on a national basis. The transportation director’s interests and ambitions should reflect CNT’s national profile.
 
CNT expects that the transportation director position will contribute to all the above activities in the following ways:
  • Thought leadership. The transportation director will be responsible for positioning CNT at the forefront of transportation policy discussions, particularly in terms of equity.
  • Program development and management. The transportation director will organize CNT’s various transportation initiatives into a coherent program, and will explore, initiate, and manage discrete projects within the larger program. Responsibilities include developing multi-year goals, annual work plans and budgets, and managing programs and staff.
  • Research and analysis. The transportation director will engage with CNT’s urban analytics department on the production of innovative, original analysis. Strong analytical abilities are a plus, as well as the ability to work with analysts on joint projects. The transportation director will promote the use of CNT’s analytical tools related to transportation and will help guide the design of these tools so that they are as useful to practitioners as possible.
  • Demonstration program management. CNT’s research and analysis are not theoretical but applied to real world cases. The transportation director should be capable of contributing to direct implementation of CNT’s ideas – whether through a new transportation service, a real estate development proposal based around transit or freight assets, or other practical projects.
  • Advocacy and communications. The transportation director will represent CNT externally in a variety of settings – sometimes supporting existing policies and proposals, but sometimes offering criticisms and challenging the status quo.
  • Fundraising and program support. In collaboration with the Managing Director of Development and other senior staff, the transportation director will support fundraising efforts for the program. With support from others at CNT, the transportation director will cultivate new funding opportunities, expand existing funding relationships, seek funding from both philanthropic sources and competitive RFPs, and build productive partnerships with other organizations and companies.
Skills, knowledge, and abilities
  • Knowledge of emerging issues in transportation and understanding of their potential to affect our cities and broader society.
  • Commitment to equity, environmental justice, and sustainability.
  • Multi-disciplinary interest, and ability to coordinate with CNT’s ongoing activities in other topics, including water, climate, energy, and sustainable economic development.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work with analytical staff.
  • Strong communication abilities and willingness to engage with external stakeholders, including government, private sector, and the media, among others.
  • Willingness to work in a mission-driven organization to accomplish challenging goals.
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a multidisciplinary and diverse team.
  • Ability to lead, manage and motivate staff to achieve desired results.
This position requires a Master’s degree in urban planning, transportation planning, or related field and at least 5-10 years of professional experience.
 
This position reports directly to CNT’s CEO, and will also work closely with the Vice President of Government Affairs.
 
Employment Policy: It is the policy of the Center for Neighborhood Technology that all employees are employed at the will of the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Continued employment is subject to funding availability and job performance.
 
Anti-Discrimination Policy: The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
 
You may download a PDF of this information here.
 
How to Apply
 
Please send cover letter and resume by October 15, 2018 to:
 
Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N State, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
 
or email to bridget@cnt.org
 
Please write Transportation Director in the subject line or on the envelope.  No phone calls please. 

 

Internship Opportunities

CNT always welcomes interns as an expression of our educational mission.  Internships are designed to expose students to various aspects of urban sustainability:
  • Public policy, research, and advocacy
  • Data and information access
  • Demonstration projects
Internships are individually crafted to reflect the interests of the student.  Prospective interns should get to know CNT in depth through our website prior to contacting us so that you know what programs and/or roles meet your current educational and experiential needs.
CNT works closely with interns to ensure that they receive academic credit for internships, whenever possible. Interns should not expect a job at CNT at the end of their internship.
CNT offers periodic brown bag seminars for interns which focus on different aspects of urban sustainability.   Some seminars may include recommended reading materials. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged.
Specific internship opportunities are posted below; internships in other areas of CNT’s work are also possible.
 
Please contact Bridget Torres at bridget@cnt.org to discuss opportunities unless otherwise directed. 

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2018 Research Intern

The intern would provide support to CNT’s Water Department across the following program areas. 
  1. RainReady helps community members, agencies, and non-governmental organizations take action to reduce flood risk in their homes and communities. RainReady program focus areas include RainReady Home and RainReady Community.
  2. Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Project works with regional municipalities that are committed to improving water and sewer service delivery in a way that improves customer affordability, promotes resource conservation and community co-benefits, advances innovative ways to finance infrastructure improvements, and/or decreases the risk of infrastructure failure.
  3. The intern may also provide support to CNT’s work with Elevated Chicago, an initiative of SPARCC, aims to turn the ½-mile radius around transit stations into community-focused centers of commerce and culture by removing barriers that hinder innovation near station areas; equipping local residents with the resources to make these areas a community and civic priority; and aligning, cultivating, and deploying capital for development near the stations.  The Elevated Chicago Initiative is an effort aimed at improving racial equity, public health outcomes, environmental resiliency.
Primary Responsibilities
RainReady
The intern’s primary responsibilities would be to research and build upon an existing needs assessment report to determine communities in northeastern Illinois most vulnerable to flooding. The resultant report would be used to market communities most in need of RainReady Community Planning and plans. RainReady plans articulate a vision for community resilience and livability that aligns traditional engineering solutions with local knowledge of risk and community-driven solutions. As part of this research, the intern would also research strategies and produce a report and suggested template aimed at enhancing RainReady plans to include water infrastructure and equity issues. The intern would also be responsible for assisting RainReady to finalize a report and document the its planning process and other offerings from the program. Standard template documents would be produced using InDesign, Illustrator or other software as determined by CNT.
 
Work could also include helping to create an educational and consultation forum in an effort to build resilience capacity in Great Lakes Cities. Other possible projects for the year include providing administrative support, proofreading memos, developing draft scopes of work, research documents, and work program documents and providing research support for the RainReady Home Program.  The intern would be responsible for researching and producing.
 
Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Program
The intern’s primary responsibility would include helping to coordinate a 2018 webinar series on water infrastructure issues, some of which include: Capital Planning and Asset Management; Water Loss and Other Performance Metrics; Financing Water Infrastructure; and Drinking Water Affordability, Rates and Customer Service. The intern would be responsible for coordinating dates, invitations, and follow up.Other possible tasks include coordination assistance with municipal workshops, copy editing and writing support, completion of case studies, and other research tasks within the project set.
 
Elevated Chicago Initiative
The intern’s role in the Elevated Chicago initiative would be assist with a regional scan of the types of innovative sustainable resource management and economic development opportunities optimal for implementation on available land. Examples could include:
  • District scale energy projects
  • Waste heat capture and reuse
  • Decentralized stormwater management and urban agricultural production on vacant lots
  • Community solar projects
  • Small-scale manufacturing projects that enable shared energy use, local workforce development, and job creation.
Required Skills/Experience
Bachelor’s or Master Degree
If Bachelor’s, enrollment in a graduate field of study preferred (e.g., social sciences, urban planning, etc.)
Excellent research and writing skills
Experience with InDesign, Illustrator
Independent worker but able to work well with a team
Accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple, competing projects
 
For information and application, please contact Bridget Torres via email only at
Bridget Torres
Vice President, Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 North State Street Suite 1400
Chicago, Illinois  60602